05/01/2019 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 05/01/2019 16:56
U.S. Coast Guard 11th District PA Detachment LA/LB
Coast Guard commissions newest FRC in San Diego
SAN DIEGO - The Coast Guard commissioned the newest California-based 154-foot Fast Response Cutter in San Diego, Wednesday.
The Benjamin Bottoms is the fourth Sentinel-Class Fast Response Cutter (FRC) to be homeported at Base Los Angeles-Long Beach.
While these ships will be based in San Pedro, they will operate throughout the 11th Coast Guard District, which includes all of California and international waters off of Mexico and Central America.
'Radioman First Class Benjamin Bottoms is a Coast Guard hero,' said Adm. Charles Ray, the Coast Guard vice commandant. 'He was the embodiment of honor, commitment and sacrifice - the motto of this new cutter.'
FRC's are 154-foot multi-mission ships designed to conduct: drug and migrant interdictions; ports, waterways and coastal security operations; fisheries and environmental protection patrols; national defense missions; and search and rescue.
To date, the Coast Guard has accepted delivery of more than 30 FRCs. Each ship is designed for a crew of 24, has a range of 2,500 miles and is equipped for patrols up to five days. The FRCs are part of the Coast Guard's overall fleet modernization initiative.
FRCs feature advanced command, control, communications, computers, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance equipment as well as over-the-horizon response boat deployment capability and improved habitability for the crew. The ships can reach speeds of 28 knots and are equipped to coordinate operations with partner agencies and long-range Coast Guard assets such as the Coast Guard's National Security Cutters.
FRCs are named in honor of Coast Guard enlisted leaders, trailblazers and heroes. The four California-based FRCs are:
More information and imagery of Coast Guard Cutter Benjamin Bottoms can be found at: https://content.govdelivery.com/accounts/USDHSCG/bulletins/24136e5
More information on Coast Guard FRCs can be found at: https://www.dcms.uscg.mil/Our-Organization/Assistant-Commandant-for-Acquisitions-CG-9/Programs/Surface-Programs/Fast-Response-Cutters/
For video of the Benjamin Bottoms commissioning ceremony, please click here.